Margret Thatcher once said, “If you want something said, ask a man.. if you want something done, ask a woman”. Here are the top 5 business women in the world and their story to the top:
1) Indra Nooyi, CEO, PepsiCo:
Indra Nooyi, one of the top 20 most powerful women in the world, did her masters in Public and Private Management from Yale. She joined Boston Consulting Group after graduating and eventually joined PepsiCo in 1994. Indra was named the President and CFO in 2001 and has been at the helms since more than a decade. PepsiCo acquired Tropicana in 1998, merged with Quaker Oats Company and bought Gatorade under her leadership and is worth $131billion. This Indian-American mother of two became the CEO of the company in 2006 and is valued at $18.6 billion.
2) Irene Rosenfeld, CEO, Mondelēz International
Rosenfeld holds a PhD in Marketing and Statistics, a Master of Science in Business and a B.A in Psychology from Cornell University. She has been an integral part of the food and beverage industry since 30 years. Her journey began from General Foods as a consumer researcher. She was appointed the Chairperson and CEO of Frito-Lay. Rosenfeld took over as the CEO of Kraft Foods in 2006.In 2011 when Kraft Foods announced its split into 2 companies; they decided that Rosenfeld would stay on as Chairperson for the $31 billion global company that would be called Mondelēz International Inc.
3) Ellen Kullman, CEO,DuPont:
A mechanical engineer from Tufts University who got her bachelor’s degree in
Management from Nothwestern University is the first woman CEO DuPont has had in its 212 year history. She started off at General Electric and joined DuPont in 1988 as a marketing manager. She got promoted to Executive Vice President where she was responsible for four of DuPonts business platforms and became the CEO in 2009. The company is now worth $14.5 billion.
4) Chanda Kochhar, CEO, ICICI Ltd:
Kochhar joined ICICI in 1984 as a management trainee after getting her masters in Management and handled project appraisals in her early years. In 1993, she was sent to ICICI Bank as a part of a core team where she worked her way up and became the CEO and Managing Director in 2009 and is currently valued at $655 million.
5) Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook:
Sheryl Sandberg, an American technology expert, activist and author who did her B.A in Economics and MBA both from Harvard. She started off as a management consultant in McKinsey & Company and joined Google Inc in 2001 as Vice President of Global Online Sales and Operations. Sandberg met Zuckerberg in late 2007, who thought she was the “perfect fit” for the COO of Facebook. She is currently valued at $1billion.
These women are wives, mothers, businesswomen, activists, authors and integral part of the companies they work for. They are superwomen in every sense.
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